The disruption caused by the COVID pandemic has had a massive impact on how staff and students have experienced the 2019/20 academic year.  As the year comes to a close, our contributors discuss their experiences and what lessons they have learned that might help colleagues to prepare for the academic year to come.

We also invite colleagues to join us for a round-table discussion, focused on the resources below, that will be taking place on Friday 10th July, 10:00-11:30.  To join the conversation, colleagues must first join the Annual Conference Teams site, which you can do by signing up here:

Once you are a member of the Teams site, you can join the conversation taking place in the Staff and Student Experience channel (link opens Teams in new window). If you can’t access the Teams site, please contact


Lucy Atkinson, University of Roehampton, Student withdrawal from Foundation Year programmes at University; staff and student perspectives

Marie Clifford, University of South Wales, Silver Linings of Teaching in the Time of Covid-19

David Grundy, Newcastle University, Confidence players? Young men commencing studies in UK business schools: Over-confident and under-performing 

Doug Ingram and Peter Watts, University of Nottingham, Making a Virtue out of a Necessity